69 posts categorized " Lithe Escape "

THE MAXI KNOT! 16 Apr 2015

Knotted Maxi

Is your maxi dress too long? Knot it up! I've knotted the bottom of mine (in lieu of hemming) for years. You'll also reap the fitness benefits. Twist the bottom of your cotton/jersey maxi dress at the ankle/calf for extra resistance to your core. It's an easy way to kick it up a notch while you're on vacation or just walking around town. 

Image of Lauren night-walking and breaking in flip-flops at Delray Beach wearing Splendid L.A.

RUN THE BEACH! 1 Apr 2015

Triangl1 Triangl

Happy April! I don't know about you guys, but I'm feeling summer + sunshine + Lithe Escape. I'm ready to run the beach! Spring has sprung, so it’s time to soak up the sunshine, get prepped to rock that Earned In Winter body, and spend time with friends and family. I miss the concept of having a true spring break in my life — taking a week long break from work to reset and refresh (and lay on the beach with margarita in hand). So this year I’m giving myself a personal spring break in the form of a staycation in Philly.

In honor of my much-anticipated break (and our upcoming Lithe Escape), I'm sharing some bikini tips with you.  A fantastic bikini is always the first item I pack when I’m traveling somewhere warm. These Triangl bikinis are my swimwear picks for the season. I love the supportive neoprene fabric, bright neon colors, and fantastic fit. 

If you choose to wear a bikini, you should show off your Lithe-earned body in a suit that you feel comfortable and confident in. Any Jane can wear a bikini, but to feel confident in a bikini is another story. Here are some tips so that you can run the beach: 

Try EVERYTHING on. Suits look completely different on your body than on the hanger. Untie first – you need to adjust the straps to your body (not the girl’s who tried it on before you) or you won’t get the right look or fit. 

Stringin' it? If you have a top with strings, tie it in the back first, and then stretch the cups over your breasts before tying behind your neck. Got a bottom with strings? Tie it so it sits on your hip bone. Don't go too low or even worse, too high. (Hello, David Lee Roth circa "California Girls.")

When a suit fits, you don’t get any “overspill.” Remember that everything has a place — inside your suit.  Watch out for super-skinny straps ... Narrow straps are rarely flattering and create back bulge if you have even a little meat on your bones.

Lithe it up! I highly recommend our Essential Workouts. Skinny Jeans and High Mini classes are our blueprint. Both tone your body and build your Lithe muscular structure with a quickness. 

Eat Lithe whenever possible. Eating Lithe (eating clean) will not only get you into your bikini, but it also makes you feel Lithe inside. Keep whole food (preferably raw) snacks on-hand at all times to keep energy levels up and hunger at bay. 

Lastly, check yourself before you wreck yourself – in a three-way mirror, that is. You want to be sure you look great from all angles. Once you find a perfect fit, take note of the brand. Companies rarely change their fit from year to year. It’ll make next year’s shopping that much easier!

Image of Triangl Swimwear and Lithe Bar via Celia Ragonese / Antrim + Spruce Photography

LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2015 7 Feb 2015

Lithe Escape

We went to Jake's last year and now we're heading back! From April 30-May 5 2015, we're going to my happy place, Jake's Treasure Beach! Jake's is earthy, friendly, rugged, red, rustic, local, sustainable and hip; it's the epitome of bohemian luxury.

The backstory: A good friend introduced me to Treasure Beach back in 2008, and I've fallen in love with the area, the welcoming community, and the friends that I have made there. Treasure Beach and Jamaica's south coast are the antithesis of a tourist trap. It's off the beaten path, but it hasn't stopped me from returning again and again.

Treasure Beach is a tiny fishing village and the community there is truly unlike any other in Jamaica. Defined by the Santa Cruz Mountains and the rolling farmland of the Pedro Plains, Treasure Beach is known for its cacti, endless natural coastlines, and miles of sweeping savannas—not its white sand beaches or jungle-like rainforests. Treasure Beach is renowned for its warm people, deep community spirit, and rich history (which even includes a Scottish shipwreck from the 19th century). 

Full Disclosure: This is the real Jamaica. We'll be almost a three-hour drive from the airport, so get ready for an adventure that you'll never forget and to fall in love with a place where you'll most certainly leave your heart. 

What is Lithe Escape? Imagine one week to focus on yourself ... a better body, more confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded people. Get excited for girl time and downtime, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food, and a week that's all about YOU

Want to learn more? Download Jake's Escape 2015.

Ready to book your spot? Email escape@lithemethod.com. Our friendly Lithe Escape concierge will be ready to assist you beginning on Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 with flight info and roommate details.

LITHE ESCAPE S/S 2015 5 Feb 2015


The cure for anything is salt water, sun, sweat, and the sea. Details will be released on Saturday!

BEST OF FHH 2014! 29 Dec 2014


What a great year! Thank YOU for all of your hard work and dedication: We completed 3 challenges, 2 Lithe Escapes, traveled on tour to Seoul, NYC & LA, celebrated a decade in Philly, Welcomed 11 fantastic new instructors (Meredith, Cate, Jen L., Maggie, Jenn B., Annette, Liz S., Kalika, Jonathan, Alicia, Katie B), 3 veteran instructors became Masters, debuted 7 new workouts (Rah, Lithe Beach, Hi-Top, All That, Sideline, Mercy & Lithe Lab), 2 WKND's and have seen the most killer camaraderie and results than ever before!  Here's to 2015!  Check out some of our favorite posts...

Lithe Escape Jamaica, Lithe WKND, Lithe Escape Tulum, Love Letters, Kristy's Before & After, Lithe Tour Philly, Seoul, NYC & LA, Because I'm Perfect, Lauren's Gym Bag Essentials, Beauty Tips for a tired face, 3 Days to Flat Abs, Lauren for Prevention, Breaking the Mom Cycle, Talking biz with Forbes & Jon Oringer, Fall Transformation Results, Elizabeth Tomkins x Destination Maternity, Lithe Foods x Art In The Age Skinny Heathen series, Sayeh's Living Lithe Tips, Earned in Winter Challenge, Results, T-Minus 30 Challenge, Mission: Lithe, Mama Says, Lithe Spice No.1, Meg G. & Lithe on BLDG 25, love from the Press & Eating Lithe,






I'll be posting individual losses for everyone later this week, but check out this awesome Lithe Escape success story. Lither Kristy G. wanted me to take her picture on Thursday when we arrived in Tulum and again on Monday morning immediately after our final workout. Look at her gorgeous results! In Kristy's own words...

When I left for Lithe Escape I really didn’t know what to expect for myself because I am what you might call a different breed of Lither. I mean, I knew I would be working out a TON, but I already Lithe an average of six days a week so what was I going to get done in four short days? I joke with Lauren that I have the willpower of an ant because I Lithe 5-7 days a week, but also eat and drink to a level that one may consider concerning.

Working in the food industry leads to many extra drinks or bottles at the table and an extra dish or five of foie gras. And to be honest, I just don’t want to say no. My average day usually starts with green juice, and then moves on to something relatively healthy for lunch usually post midday Lithe, and then I have dinner which can easily include 4-5 bourbon drinks and 6-8 shared dishes of food which always include some type of red meat. Oh and there is a lot of coffee happening throughout the whole day. I just love the flavor of strong delicious coffee, so you'll often find me hopped up on caffeinated deliciousness.

Fast-forward to the Escape and I was still eating non-stop. I mean I had the most oversized plate of huevos amongst the group, but this time it was different. I could feel the difference in the quality of the ingredients and every meal went this way. I was so worried about not being full that I stocked up on Lithe's kale cashew bars to take with me and let me tell you I didn’t open a single one. Our second to last dinner was an awesome Thai curry (I'm known to be judgmental when it comes to food) and I seriously could not finish it. Half of my fish stayed in the bowl.

Now you must be wondering, did I drink? If you've met me, you obviously know that I did. However, Lauren said as long as I stuck to no more than two per night I would still see results. So, that's what I did. I mean, you can’t go to Mexico and not have a margarita, right? I didn't think that I would see dramatic results because I was drinking, but I was also okay with that because it was the perfect balance of getting on track while also being realistic to the life I was returning to on Monday night.

When we got our measurements, I thought, woah 9 inches. That was definitely more than I thought I would lose, but I am usually pretty hard on myself so I initially was like ah if you didn’t have those two margaritas you would have had a few more. Then later on last night when I was home, Lauren sent me my before and after pictures and almost fell off my chair, that is what 9 inches look like – GO ME! I always feel like I'm slowly getting stronger at Lithe, but this is a different feeling of strong that I don’t quite know how to explain and my confidence switch has flipped.  

If you want to know if I feel lighter, my answer is actually not really (although I did lose 2 pounds). However, I feel fabulous and this trip made me realize that's what actually matters. I AM stronger, I AM definitely in shape and I WILL continue to grow as a Lither and as a person even with a drink or two. I don’t know if I fully believed in the magic of Lithe Escape before I left, but I can tell you for sure you’ll see me on the next one!

Images of Kristy via Lauren


The crew

It's no secret that I absolutely love Lithe Escape. I've said many times that it's my retirement plan. This trip to Mexico was rushed, but I'd rather throw a small trip together in a month's time than not go at all.

In just four short days, seven strangers completed 15 hours of Lithe Escape fitness, cleaned up their diets (without going hungry), lost more than a total of 40 inches, pushed each other to their physical limits, supported each other, and became fast friends.

Lithe Escape is a heck of a lot of work, but it's some of the most gratifying work that I get to do. Why? It all boils down to the power of positive, authentic people which is truly what Lithe is all about.  Sure, Lithe is a workout at its core, but more so, it's a network of great people who embrace fitness, and a healthy lifestyle. Lithe is all about inspiring and empowering people, lifting their spirits, and cheering them on to achieve their goals. Sure, we've always been all about the pack mentality, but we're also about believing in ourselves, and working hard to achieve our goals individually.  

No matter how driven and confident you are, it's near impossible to achieve your goals if you surround yourself with negative people who make you doubt yourself when the seas get rough. Are there people in your life that attempt to cripple or sabotage your goals? Sometimes it may not even be obvious - you have to look closely - they may completely support your interests while making you doubt yourself at the same time.

All relationships should be built on a real desire to see each other healthy, happy and successful, and if someone important in your life tries to persuade you to give up on your dreams (even if they think they are acting in your best interest), be true to you. It can take some serious self-confidence and determination to ignore their opinions, but it's so important to keep your eye on the prize and release them from your life, and onto their greater destiny.   

In my late twenties I was dating a man that I was very much in love with.  I was teaching at a studio in North Jersey where the owner was a real mentor to me – she let me rent space to train my clients and teach my "Pilates-Evolved" workouts, as I called them at the time. 

After a year of teaching at said studio, I built a real following and I realized that I had started to create something really special. My boyfriend and I moved to Philadelphia to be closer to our families, and I decided to open up Lithe: A Pilates-Evolved Studio right in the middle of the brownfields of Northern Liberties in 2005.  I knew that it was time to turn my passion into a real business and I was dead set on digging my heels in to achieve my dream. 

When I initially told my boyfriend my plans of opening up my own studio, he tried to persuade me not to do it. He thought that my idea was way too risky. He thought that I would make more money (and have far less stress) if I worked for someone else. He gave me all sorts of reasons why I couldn't and shouldn't do my own thing. He would say, "Who is going to trust you teaching this new method?  Why would you want to open a studio in a new city in really sketchy area without ONE customer? "It's too much. What are you thinking?  Why not just work for someone else?"

I was hell bent, of course, and looking back now, I think that he was drawing from his own life, because at the time his company was going through rough times. Even though his doubts were coming from a good (and valid) place, I don't think that he realized that he was absolutely killing my self-esteem.

Thankfully, our relationship didn't work out and about three years ago he messaged me to tell me that he was proud of me, admitted he was wrong, and also apologized for trying to discourage me back in the day. I was happy that he recognized how through my work, I had been trying to inspire others to become the best they can be – and it really has been worth taking many risks.

Fast-forward a few years and now I find myself preaching to everyone to follow their dreams and never give up regardless of what's standing in their way. It's my best friend, business partner (and husband) Jordan that lifts me up and always reminds me to never give up, to never listen to the negative people who doubt me, or don't want to see me succeed. Having an awesome support system from him is what keeps me going, and inspires me to never give up on what's important.  And honestly, it's his incredible positivity that has propelled me forward and allows me to have this amazing, successful brand and wonderful community that I (we) enjoy today.

Surround yourself with authentic, positive people that push you towards greatness and stand by you through thick and thin.  Water always seeks it's own level, you know what I mean? Spend your time with those who inspire you to be your best version of yourself and are willing to tread through rough seas with you.  Don't except anything less. 

Speaking of treading through rough seas together, Lithe Escape always reminds me of the roots of the culture that we've created at Lithe and over the past few days, I've witnessed seven women lift each other up and become the best versions of themselves, and honestly it's SO contagious. I hope you run into a few of them this week. If you do, make sure you soak up some of their radiant positivity!

Image of a few Lithe Escapees, pre-workout at Amansala via Lauren



Some Lithe Escape essentials brought to you by many of the things that I'm currently lusting over:  1. Ancient Greek Ikaria Wing jelly sandles  2. Shock Absorber Active Zipped Plunge sports bra for high cardio classes in the pavilion, bike rides, and jungle Hot-stepper 3. New Balance 711 sneakers for jungle treks and climbing the ruins  4. Lisa Marie Fernandez Jasmine supportive neoprene bikini for beach workouts.  5. Lucas Hugh League sports bra for sculpting workouts and walks to town  6. Yoga mat  7. Coola mineral sunscreen 8. Fabletics Everyday tote  9. J.Crew tie-dye suit for sun and fun.

Images of Amansala Chica & Tulum, Mexico via brand websites



*Today is the last day to reserve your spot on our Fall Weekend Lithe Escape! Payment is due in full on Wednesday, 10.8.14.  

Ready to get ultra-Lithe in paradise?  From October 30-November 3, 2014, we're heading to the original eco-chic resort, Amansala on Mexico's Carribean coast. For four nights and five days we'll take over Amansala Chica, the all new 20-room, all suite outpost (complete with a beachfront juice bar and rooftop spa) that's organic, sustainable, hip – and right on the ocean's edge. 

What is Lithe Escape?  Getting back to basics. Eating fresh and simply, falling asleep to the sound of the sea, rustic, bohemian luxury, salt, sun, sand, sweat, spa, Lithe magic, new friends, and exploring.

Imagine one week to focus on yourself ... A better body, confidence, lessons learned, fabulous food and fitness, inches and pounds lost (without going hungry), unparalleled results, and an entire support system of like-minded women.  Get excited for girl time and downtime, a healthier body and mind, unbelievably delicious food and a week that's all about YOU

Want to learn more?  Download Lithe Escape Amansala

Ready to book your spot?  Email escape@lithemethod.com.  Our awesome Lithe Escape concierge, Meghan Lechette is ready to assist you beginning on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 10AM with flight information and roommate details. 

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